Meet Our Ancestors
Chauvet Cave: a 36,000-year-old art gallery, normally closed to the public, opens to everyone through immersive tech
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When cavemen discovered art
Step back in time to the dawn of creativity 36,000 years ago
Welcome to the Chauvet Cave
See humanity's first creations come to life in virtual and augmented reality
See the sparks fly
A brief history
Marauding Mammoths, Mysterious Footprints, and the Story of a Miraculous Discovery
A bitesize version of a 36,000-year history
What's on the walls?
Enter the mysterious site that's normally closed to the public
Take the tour in English
Daisy Ridley Takes You on an Immersive Journey Through the Cave in a New Virtual Reality Experience
Watch the drawings come to life before your eyes, as narrated by the iconic British actress
Take the tour in French
Cécile de France Takes You on an Immersive Journey Through the Cave in a New Virtual Reality Experience
Watch the drawings come to life before your eyes, as narrated by the iconic Belgian actress
Launch the immersive experience on SteamVR
Get the app
Who were our ancestors?
Play a game to discover just how much we have in common with prehistoric humans
Who Was a Cro-Magnon Man?
Could Our Ancestors Get Sick?
Did Our Ancestors Have Wars?
How Did Our Ancestors Pick Where to Draw?
How Did Our Ancestors Speak to Each Other?
Did Our Ancestors Die Young?
What Was Spirituality Like 36, 000 Years Ago?
Did Prehistoric Men Cry?
What Materials Did Our Ancestors Use to Make Paint?
How Did Our Ancestors Meet Each Other?
Were There Other Humans in Europe 36,000 Years Ago?
Did Our Ancestors Have Professions?
Why Do We Describe our Ancestors as "Hunter-Gatherers"?
Were There As Many Humans 36,000 Years Ago As Today?
How Did Our Ancestors Dress?
Did Our Ancestors' Children Have Toys?
Did Our Ancestors Have Hygiene Routines?
What Images Did Our Ancestors Paint Most?
Did Our Ancestors Hunt Mammoths?
How Do We Know These Drawings Were Produced 36,000 Years Ago?
Did Our Ancestors Have Parties?
Did Our Ancestors Make Sketches Before Drawing in Caves?
Have All Prehistoric Animals Disappeared?
Did Our Ancestors Live In the Same Place All Year Round?
Did Our Ancestors Cook?
Why Did Our Ancestors Draw So Few People?
How Did Our Ancestors Light Up Caves?
How Long Was Cave Art Practiced For?
Were All Our Ancestors' Tools Made From Flint?
Did Our Ancestors Draw the Animals They Ate?
Untouched from 34,000 BCE to 1994
The story behind the surprising discovery
How Experts Found the Cave With a Mosquito Coil
What it was like to be the first people in the cave since prehistory
Relive the moment
Closed to the public, open in AR
Drop the cave in front of you and experience the cave paintings in Augmented Reality
Hold the Cave in Your Hand
Prehistoric France comes to you in this Pocket Gallery
Take a walk on the wild side
One of Humanity's First Masterpieces
Explore the details in The Horses Fresco
Horses and Mammoths and Bears, Oh My!
See the animals in the Engraved Horses Panel, up close